For the first time in league history, the Atlantic League won’t feature a team coached by Wayne Krenchicki. Krenchicki has been hired to manage the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.
Krenchicki has managed in the Atlantic League since 1998, posting a league mark of 704-687 with stops in Newark (2007-08), Camden (2001-06), Lehigh Valley (1999-2000) and Newburgh (1998). Only Sparky Lyle (749) has managed to win more games in league history.
Krenchicki is responsible for putting together Newark’s 2007 league title team, and kept the Bears competitive despite having little payroll. He will be a big loss for the league.
Krenchicki said he hoped to keep coaching a few more years in the Atlantic League during the final weeks of the 2008 season. But all that changed when the Newark Bears ownership group announced it was in financial trouble, and the team was sold in the offseason. The new ownership group hired Tim Raines to manage the Bears.
Atlantic League Baseball News first reported that Krenchicki was upset with the way the situation was handled, a shame considering Krenchicki managed to win with some of the most troubled franchises in the league.
A wizard at rebuilding a team in midseason, Krenchicki’s dream job may still be calling the shots with the Camden Riversharks. The team is located a short drive from where Krenchicki grew up in New Jersey. But Opening Day Partners decided to hire Joe Ferguson to replace Krenchicki in 2007.
Last week ODP President Jon Danos noted that Krenchicki has a real gift for building teams, and Danos would not rule out the chance ODP would approach Krenchicki about managing one of their teams in the future. But he also suspected Krenchicki had a job lined up for 2009.